Naoki Kobayashi is an actor, performer, and producer. He is also known as a member of EXILE and J Soul Brothers III.
Since he made his debut as an actor in 2007, he has been involved with many stage plays including The Atami Murder Case written by Kohei Tsuka. He also appears in the film HiGH&LOW: The Movie 3 -Final Mission. For the film Tatara Samurai, which received the Best Artistic Contribution award at The Montreal World Film Festival, he was awarded the Best Supporting Actor at Auckland International Film Festival.
In 2019, he played the main role in the award-winning film at the Berlin International Film Festival, Umikaze. The film was directed by Isao Yukisada and is part of the collaboration “CINEMA FIGHTERS project” with the Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia.
He will make his Hollywood movie debut with the upcoming film Earthquake Bird by director Walsh Westmoreland and Executive Producer Ridley Scott, where he will star alongside Alicia Vikander and Riley Keough.
Currently, Kobayashi works as a runway model in Paris (Yohji Yamamoto Y-3’s Spring/Summer 2017 Collection and HOMME’s Autumn/Winter 2017-2018 Collection - Paris Fashion Week).